7 Responses

  1. Matthew Kelly
    Matthew Kelly at |

    Agree on the skepticism and on the deep hope that it works. I would love the chance to fly on one.

  2. Brad Mixner
    Brad Mixner at |

    My Dad was on the Boeing SST Design Team back in the day. I know they had to jump a number of hurdles, including basic ones like having enough mineral rights for metallurgy. I’ll ask if he remembers anything from the pax perspective.

  3. Joseph May
    Joseph May at |

    I think it is a horrible name for a plane manufacturer.

  4. Geoff
    Geoff at |

    So what is the necessary price point on a JFK-LHR r/t to turn a profit? $10,000? $15,000? To save, what? 3 hours?
    Quite frankly, there is likely a crowd out there willing to pay $50,000 if they could make the trip in under an hour.
    Will it ever be possible? Maybe, but not likely in the next 100 years. I hope I’m wrong.

  5. Seth Kaplan
    Seth Kaplan at |

    I have all the same questions you have, Seth. I will say, the one thing that has been kind of interesting to me, from an airline economics perspective, is what you noted about how the standard configuration would feature what we today would consider premium economy. Well if passengers value the speed over comfort and are willing to pay business class fares for something that takes up a lot less onboard real estate than today’s business class seats, then that is an advantage available today that didn’t exist back in the Concorde days (because there was no lie-flat anything back then, so Concorde couldn’t provide a meaningful density advantage over other premium products to offset the increased fuel burn). Plenty of other reasons for skepticism, to be sure. I just think that’s one seemingly mundane reason why it *could* work that might be more important than sexier stuff they talk about.

  6. GringoLoco
    GringoLoco at |

    Don’t care about all this tech-geek-gobbledygook, Seth. You fail to address the most important issue:

    Can we buy WebFlyer subscriptions ad fly for FREEEEEEEEE!!!



  7. Alastair Majury
    Alastair Majury at |

    Great update on a potential return to supersonic commercial air travel.
    Thanks, Alastair Majury.